PROCTORVILLE, Ohio (WSAZ) — This summer, 4-H and their cattle will return to the Proctorville Fairgrounds with a big item ticked off their list.
The Lawrence County Commission awarded the Lawrence County Fairgrounds Board of Directors a $175,000 grant from its federal COVID-19 funding to have their show barn, built 10 years ago, either repaid three years in advance.
In return, for the next three years, the fairgrounds will be made available free of charge for a variety of events so that people can more easily practice social distancing.
Additionally, if there is another situation such as the COVID-19 shutdown, the fairground facilities and space will be made available to county agencies and groups.
“Not knowing how long this is going to last and with the need for spacing they had the money available so to use the money and keep it here in the county they came up with a grant so we could for the do,” said board chairman Randall Lambert.
Lambert says some of the upcoming activities planned at the fairgrounds include Easter egg hunts, seniors’ days and a food bank.
“County commissioners needed a place for these groups and activities where people can have plenty of room and spacing,” Lambert said. “Our goal has always been for the fairgrounds to be something beneficial to the public, so together we were able to make it available, and they were able to use the COVID money for that.”
Brea Belville, a Symmes Valley senior and chair of the Lawrence County Junior Fair board of directors, says it’s a great relief to no longer have to worry about trying to raise funds from community members. for the barn to be paid for.
“It’s really beneficial for us,” Belville said. “We don’t have to worry about monetary donations. We are convinced that it has paid off.
The fairgrounds are set to host a mobile food distribution event by the Facing Hunger Foodbank from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, April 8.
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